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A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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I highly recom¬mend this book full of prudent warnings, poignant examples and godly counsel to single women.” David and Sally Michael, Cofounder of Children Desiring God “Dr. Reju has turned the topic of dating on its head with this insight¬ful and thoughtful look at who not to marry. As a seasoned counselor and brother in Christ, he walks single Christian women through a methodical process of considering the dangers of settling. Using com¬pelling case studies, Deepak carefully leads them to consider many biblical factors that are sometimes swept away as insignificant while encouraging smart women to be patient in waiting for God’s best.” Mary K. Mohler, President’s Wife, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Director of Seminary Wives Institute “With the wisdom that comes from hours and hours of counseling brokenhearted women, the biblical insight that springs from years in the Scriptures, and the compassion that flows out of the heart of a follower of Jesus, Deepak has written a sensitive and important book for women who want to be married and might be tempted to settle for someone . . . anyone . . . who will take away the loneliness. Sisters, if you’re considering who you should date (and ultimately marry), let me encourage you to read this book first and to take Deepak’s counsel to heart. 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I highly recommend it.” Martha Peace, Author of The Excellent Wife and Biblical Counselor “Deepak Reju’s She’s Got the Wrong Guy peeks into many kinds of marriage misery. He describes how and why many Christian women choose poorly. Wise single women will read and be grateful for his astute observations and ability to pinpoint why these wrong guys might seem right—and why smart Christian women should avoid them.” Susan Olasky, Senior Writer, World Magazine “Page by page of She’s Got the Wrong Guy is full of convincing and convicting truth. Shared through stories, women will find the content exceptionally relatable. The book precisely conveys what a mature view of relationship should look like and why it desperately matters. 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He will speak to you like a father as you carefully con¬sider one of life’s most consequential decisions.” Ed and Sheri Welch, Counselor & Faculty Member CCEF; author “There are very few books out there that deserve the ‘must-read’ status, and this is one of them. I want all of the single ladies in our church and our daughters to read this book. Deepak’s wise counsel is both urgent and timely. Applying the principles in this book will certainly spare a whole lot of people unnecessary pain and lead readers to a greater understanding of what it means to make Jesus the center of everything.” Gloria Furman, Author of Missional Motherhood and Alive in Him “This now, is the book I’ll be recommending for single women who long for marriage. With tough but loving truth, Deepak disciples single women with pastoral care and brotherly protection in one of the best books I’ve read regarding dating and singleness. 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“Does anger really require a basic treatment program of seven weeks? Yes. Small symptoms mask major diseases. In A Small Book about a Big Problem, Dr. Ed Welch masterfully combines biblical analysis and a lifetime of counseling experience with a gentle exposing of our true condition—and then prescribes gospel medicine. Complete the course! At first it may not taste good. But it offers the hope of long-term spiritual health.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
“As a young pastor anger nearly destroyed my family and my ministry. By grace, God rescued me. My hope is that this book, filled with profound insights, tender grace, and practical wisdom, will be used by God to rescue and restore many. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading it.”
Paul Tripp, Author of New Morning Mercies
“Anger is a big problem today—in our political life, in the world’s religions, on the highways, and in our own hearts. Scripture says it is often murderous, and it warns us about it at length. But often when we are angry, we don’t have the patience to listen to a lecture or treatise. Thankfully, Ed Welch’s book provides biblical teaching about anger in powerful, eloquent, short segments. Right to the point; right to our hearts.”
John Frame, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL
“The title of this book is accurate. These fifty reflections are brief and succinct, but they directly address one of the biggest and ugliest problems in the world. Anger is inextricably tied up with bitterness, envy, hate, an unbridled tongue, resentments, party spirit, and war. It divides homes and splits churches—and this among the people of God who, Jesus says, will be known for their love. This eminently probing and practical book is in part a collection of first steps for combatting this awful wickedness.”
- A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical School, Deerfield, IL; cofounder of The Gospel Coalition
“Anger can be explosive or it can slowly simmer. Whatever form it takes, it leaves a path of broken relationships in its wake. Ed Welch’s new book, A Small Book about a Big Problem offers a needed opportunity to consider what’s at the heart of our anger. These daily devotions patiently expose the destructive effects of anger while guiding us to a life of greater humility, thankfulness, and peace.”
Melissa Kruger, Author of The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood
“A Small Book About A Big Problem was, for me, a gentle, calm, honest conversation with a wise friend about a real problem. In our angry and even explosive world today, that is a rare treasure indeed. Anyone open to the gospel will be helped by this book to rethink their pain and turmoil in the presence of Jesus the Crucified.
Ray Ortlund, Pastor of Immanuel Church,
“What a rich, insightful book! Ed’s years of working with the heart come to life in these short, piercing vignettes. They aren't so much devotional as they are disrupters. They will disrupt your heart for good. No matter where you are in the Christian life, you will find yourself arrested by this book. I’m getting one for each of our children.”
Paul Miller, Founder of seeJesus; author of A Praying Life and A Loving Life
“Anger—so easy to neglect! Feel too busy to address it? Try this amazingly simple tool. Short, but sharp and straight to the heart. Perfect for your morning meal with the Lord. Your heart needs these fifty questions.”
François Turcotte, President of Séminaire Baptiste Évangélique du Québec (SEMBEQ)
“A few pages into A Small Book About A Big Problem, I thought: ‘He’s done it again!’ Ed Welch writes with simple, penetrating, grace-filled clarity that sets us on the path to the reality of forgiveness and hope for change. If you feel like you’re in a losing battle with anger, read this book—and read it for all fifty days.
- J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville
“God’s wisdom counsels, ‘A gentle answer turns away wrath,’ and ‘The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.’ Gently but so incisively, Ed Welch plumbs and exposes the ugly depths of our angry hearts. Then he brings us to Jesus, whose mercy can replace our selfish rage with humility and gratitude. Read this small book reflectively and honestly. Expect big change.”
Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
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'A Small Book about a Big Problem' by Edward T. Welch is 50 days worth of meditations on anger, patience and peace. Do you struggle with anger or know someone who does? Are you a lay-leader in your church who infrequently deals with problems you aren’t trained to handle? This valuable book will help you take your own anger captive and prepare you to better deal with the outbursts of others.
On day one, the destructive nature of anger is brought to light, revealing the importance of such a book. Many of us haven’t been taught to properly deal with our anger, so it becomes anxiety or violence or outbursts. The author calls this book a slow walk – one meditation per day. This book is interactive. It poses questions. It refers to Scripture. It leads the reader to pray. This can transform us and our thinking. The most difficult part of reading this book was keeping the slow pace. But this is a topic that really needs to be chewed on and digested one tiny bite at a time. Do you want to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry? Take a slow walk with Edward T. Welch.
Like a good physician of the soul, Welch works the reader through the various angles and aspects of anger: causes, catalysts, and catastrophic results. The author also examines the whys and ways of change by looking into new routines, remedies and the Redeemer. This tiny volume is not afraid to address the seriousness of anger and the big value of it's alternative. For example, "Control and power are heady matters, and anger is the drug that seems to give access to them...Real strength is used to rule our spirit rather than to rule others" (92).
"A Small Book about a Big Problem" could be used in support and recovery groups, churches, counseling sessions, by chaplains in military or prison units, or personal soul-care. There are questions sprinkled throughout, and blank spaces that can be used for written reflections. This is an important book that is friendly and serious. I found myself stopping at places, praying, confessing my own sins, and thinking about my actions and attitudes throughout the past years and the present. I strongly recommend that if at all possible you run out immediately and snatch up a copy!
Edward Welch has become somewhat of a household name in recent years, especially in circles that welcome biblical counseling. Dr. Welch’s new book, A Small Book About a Big Problem is written for everyday people who experience everyday problems. In this short and powerful little book, the author presents fifty meditations that address anger, patience, and peace.
Each chapter contains a central thought that educates, inspires, and challenges readers. The meditations are informed by Scripture and force readers to wrestle with motives, hidden sin, and temptations that are common to all.
The strength of this book is its brevity. The meditations are designed to be read on a daily basis and encourage deep thought and contemplation. Ultimately, the subject matter concerns sanctification and is written in such a way to attract both baby Christians and seasoned believers.
Anyone who desires short, readable and biblical encouragement should pick up a copy of this excellent book. Highly recommended!
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